Manual of astronomy

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Lippincott, 1853 - 331 pages

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Page 131 - Milky-way, when exploring that region with his best glasses, he has had fields of view which contained no less than 588 stars, and these were continued for many minutes; so that " in one quarter of an hour's time there passed no less than one hundred and sixteen thousand stars through the field of view of his telescope.
Page 42 - ... posterity; but the record remains, and transfuses all its own exactness into every determination which takes it for a groundwork, giving to inferior instruments — nay, even to temporary contrivances, and to the observations of a few weeks or days — all the precision attained originally at the cost of so much time, labour, and expense.
Page 178 - That the interval between the orbits of any two planets is about twice as great as the inferior interval, and only half the superior one.
Page 11 - ... it is most probably also inhabited, like the rest of the planets, by beings whose organs are adapted to the peculiar circumstances of that vast globe.
Page 1 - And yet, fair bow, no fabling dreams But words of the Most High, Have told why first thy robe of beams Was woven in the sky.
Page 42 - The stars are the landmarks of the universe ; and, amidst the endless and complicated fluctuations of our system, seem placed by its Creator as guides and records, not merely to elevate our minds by the contemplation of what is vast, but to teach us to direct our actions by reference to what is immutable in his works.
Page 180 - A plane rectilineal angle is the inclination of two straight lines to one another, which meet together, but are not in the same straight line.
Page 42 - ... and in all places, of a delicacy so extreme as to be a test for every instrument yet invented by man, yet equally adapted for the most ordinary purposes; as available for regulating a town clock as for conducting a navy to the Indies ; as effective for mapping down the intricacies of a petty barony as for adjusting the boundaries of Transatlantic empires. When once its place has been thoroughly ascertained and carefully recorded, the brazen circle with which...

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